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gloamvalley:

forever-the-short-one:

applenose:

DO IT

I’ll answer these on the weekend, but yeah, do it!

i’ll probably only do one or two but this could be fun

I need something to stop me being nervous get me in the mood to attend to unfinished massively late birthday presents and such so i sort of really have to reblog this ok

gloamvalley:

forever-the-short-one:

applenose:

DO IT

I’ll answer these on the weekend, but yeah, do it!

i’ll probably only do one or two but this could be fun

I need something to stop me being nervous get me in the mood to attend to unfinished massively late birthday presents and such so i sort of really have to reblog this ok

Things Not To Say To An Artist:

raidenlaughsalonewithrevengeance:

loveisbloominginmypants:

gayjamesbond:

To most of you, this list is going to come across as super bitchy and horrible, to the rest of you it’s going to be a prolonged moment of “Oh my god yes, I fucking hate that!”

1. Oh my god, did you draw that?

This is not an acceptable question to ask someone you see drawing, especially not if they are actively working on the project when you ask. Depending on how many times the person in question has previously been addressed this way, the answer you receive could range anywhere from a polite “yes,” to an extremely sarcastic “No, holy shit where the fuck did this sketchbook come from?” 

I feel as though, on some underlying level, the popularity of the question “Did you draw that?” has sprung from the belief that to be an artist you have to be visibly strange. Artists are not unicorns. We’re not mythical beasts that only come out on the equinox once every century, cloaked in moon dust and carting gilded paintbrushes. Artists are everywhere, in every shape and size, at every skill level. 

It’s lovely to be complimented on your work, but being faced with utter disbelief that you could create something isn’t high up on Dr. Feelgood’s recommendations for healthy living. 

The next time you see an artist working in public and you’re blown away by what they’re doing, try to come up with something to say other than “Did you draw that?”

2. Brb giving up art forever/burning everything I’ve ever drawn/killing myself.

This is something that many of my  fellow artists are guilty of. No matter what you think, this is not an acceptable form of flattery. On the occasion that this happens to me I actually feel really horrible about it. No artist wants to hear that they’ve discouraged another person by doing what they love.

It’s really quite heartbreaking to see someone say that they aren’t proud of their abilities. There is always going to be someone out there who’s better than you. If you let that affect you in any way it should be as encouragement and incentive to practice, not a reason to give up. 

Everyone who enjoys creating something, who finds an outlet with a pen or a tablet or words or scissors or a brush, can call themselves artists. There is no limit on creativity or its outlets and nothing qualifies who gets to create. 

3. No one is this talented. 

Well, obviously, some people are. You’re not complimenting them by saying they can’t possibly have made something that they clearly poured time and talent into. I know graphic artists who deal in realism that get this one a lot. It’s insulting and degrading and don’t fucking say it. Yeah?

4. Can you draw me/this/that other thing for me?

If someone has a talent or skill they choose to share with you, that does not mean you own a piece of them. That does not mean they have an obligation to provide something for you. They create because they enjoy it, because it keeps them alive in some way. Not for your entertainment. 

Most of the time when people ask the artists I know for something, they don’t even know the artist. Seeing something you like does not mean you need to latch onto the artist and attempt to bleed them dry. 

5. Can you teach me to draw?

It’s cool that you think highly enough of someone’s talent/skill that you want them to share it with you. It’s cool that you want to draw. Most times the answer will be no. Don’t get upset about it, it’s not going to change anything. The majority of artists got to their varying skill levels due to practice, years and years of practice.

It’s not something that can be taught in a day, and even if it were, that doesn’t mean someone is automatically equipped to teach you in a way you will understand. Please do not blow up at someone if they refuse to teach you, it’s most likely not them being a jerk. It’s just not something that can be taught. 

6. Your commission prices are too high. 

The prices of art are based on a great many things. The size, the amount of medium used, the time it took to make. Mostly though, the price of art is determined by the artist. You don’t have to agree with their pricing, you don’t have to buy their art. Most importantly, you don’t have to insult them and tell them what they’ve made isn’t worth what they deem it to be worth. 

YES. THANK YOU.

“I can’t draw”, “I’m awful”, etc. get on my nerves the most.

What am I even supposed to say to that? Honestly, I’d rather take a “that’s nice” and be on my way. 

On the other hand, I had this one friend in art class the other day who stood over my shoulder and pointed out little details I had missed. Which I loved her for. It was really helpful.

“Did you draw that” drives me CRAZY, especially when someone is literally standing over my shoulder watching my every move. Of COURSE I drew it, I AM drawing it right now.

I’d rather not get comments in public on my art, honestly. Most of the time, I don’t want to talk to people, and they just keep talking about this picture and it’s like “Yes, I’m glad you like it, thank you, shut up, go away.” Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh.

I don’t really consider myself an “artist”, though. I draw for fun, that’s it. It’s always weird for me reblogging this stuff because it’s like “OK I draw and have these problems but I am by no measure any sort of artist.”

Reblogging for No.2 — Immensely frustrating, I hate it when someone says that to me, because I do believe everybody can express themselves in a creative way and that everybody should be able to use the word ‘artist’…. yet I can’t seem to take my own advice and get disheartened when I struggle with something myself.

And also, number 4 and the immortal words “DRAW ME”. Usually someone I barely know who has just discovered I draw. Then they look butthurt when I say no. I’m flattered, but… I can’t… I’m still learning… drawing portraits of real people off the cuff isn’t a strength of mine… especially if I barely know you and aren’t familiar with your face or personality…. and then there’s the horrible feeling they’re going to look at the finished article and think “How fat/thin/old/spotty do you think I am?”.
 

Hello, graphics tab gods and goddesses:

I’ve decided to get to grips with my graphics tab again, mainly for quick, simple tumblr doodles (oh man, anything to try and make drawing a daily habit again). Everything I do looks dreadful in Paint! I have (and can use) Gimp 2 which is a lot smoother and of course you can do much more with it. It used to freak out whenever I used my graphics tablet on it but I think it’s behaving for now. I just wondered if there’s anything else you’d recommend? Or anything I need to know?

escapefrommetalgear:

manly men guide :’3c

"Not all manly men have to have big eyebrows or sideburns, but they are PRETTY NICE TO LOOK AT, HUH?"

"When dressing any guy (naked or not) throw a dick on there. It don’t have to look good, it just needs to be in vaguely the right spot so that you won’t have a crotch disaster. WHERE DAT DICK AT?"

these tips
are the best tips ever

I’m not gonna lie; I have no idea how to use pastels.
They’re interesting to muck about with though. Muck being the operative word because I got pastel dust all over my bathroom towel.

I’m not gonna lie; I have no idea how to use pastels.

They’re interesting to muck about with though. Muck being the operative word because I got pastel dust all over my bathroom towel.

Hastily doodled for Fables after this post about shirts imbuing you with superpowers
Also I have no idea what your hair is like at the moment faye, therefore it is Fluttershy pink.

Hastily doodled for Fables after this post about shirts imbuing you with superpowers

Also I have no idea what your hair is like at the moment faye, therefore it is Fluttershy pink.

Part of the cover of one of my sketchbooks from a while back. I remember holding it up in the coach window on one of college’s London trips and some moody guy in a bus opposite did a double take and started laughing.

Part of the cover of one of my sketchbooks from a while back. I remember holding it up in the coach window on one of college’s London trips and some moody guy in a bus opposite did a double take and started laughing.

I did something kinda self indulgent and drew Snake in Stuntman Mike’s gear from Death Proof…
I don’t associate Snake’s heroic brilliance with that shamelessly diabolical psychopath, but that jacket, those jeans, Kurt Russell, oh my.
Well, don’t I have the healthiest taste in pin-ups for an 18 year old girl?
*cough*

I did something kinda self indulgent and drew Snake in Stuntman Mike’s gear from Death Proof…

I don’t associate Snake’s heroic brilliance with that shamelessly diabolical psychopath, but that jacket, those jeans, Kurt Russell, oh my.

Well, don’t I have the healthiest taste in pin-ups for an 18 year old girl?

*cough*

Half-finished Old Snake that I promised myself will get coloured in, in some way or other, soon! I suprised myself with how far I got before I needed a reference picture. (f*cking command vest, arrghfhfdnjn)

Half-finished Old Snake that I promised myself will get coloured in, in some way or other, soon! I suprised myself with how far I got before I needed a reference picture. (f*cking command vest, arrghfhfdnjn)

As if you even have to ask, Raiden.
(Sooo… I’ve been drawing again. I’ve left it that long, it feels like  I’m drawing everything left handed… and I can see I’ve gone backwards a  little in certain things… but I’ve got to get out of that not-good-enough mindset! The number one reason I draw is for fun, and if I deny myself that I just don’t feel like me!)

As if you even have to ask, Raiden.

(Sooo… I’ve been drawing again. I’ve left it that long, it feels like I’m drawing everything left handed… and I can see I’ve gone backwards a little in certain things… but I’ve got to get out of that not-good-enough mindset! The number one reason I draw is for fun, and if I deny myself that I just don’t feel like me!)

My camera turned up! This is the first thing I’ve drawn in i-don’t-know-how-long. Me and Sakura75 find Big Boss’s shocked gasp on this MGS3 secret theatre blooper hilarious. To get the most out of this picture you need to see that and the photo underneath it that inspired it which is from Perfectly Timed Photos.

Considering a colour version but my block is only just disappearing, I don’t want to push my luck :3

This is also silly. I watched How To Train Your Dragon with Steph(Sakura75) & Berni(Goldie) and Snake and Otacon turned up in my sketchbook as Vikings. Yeah. Deal with that one, Norse chronology.
(But I actually had the time to colour something in for a change, ohmigosh that never happens)

This is also silly. I watched How To Train Your Dragon with Steph(Sakura75) & Berni(Goldie) and Snake and Otacon turned up in my sketchbook as Vikings. Yeah. Deal with that one, Norse chronology.

(But I actually had the time to colour something in for a change, ohmigosh that never happens)

This is silly. Me & Sakura75 were playing with our food. Mini gingerbread men and chocolate sundae to be precise. I wish I’d taken more photos now; the ‘hair’ on her her Liquid gingerbread man was perfect XD

This is silly. Me & Sakura75 were playing with our food. Mini gingerbread men and chocolate sundae to be precise. I wish I’d taken more photos now; the ‘hair’ on her her Liquid gingerbread man was perfect XD

I’m sorry, I’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed 2 and when I hear  Subject 16 all I can see is Liquid. Cam Clarke’s just got one of those  voices that stands out, and because the first thing I heard him in was  MGS and I have no idea what Subject 16 looks like…
I keep  seeing Liquid having a breakdown in that room from Assassin’s Creed 1  and writing out all that stuff in the room in blood, and if you look  really close it says “I do not have daddy issues” over and over again.
In other news, I have been practising with drawing ink. I love it… but it’s hard  ^^’ Methinks I should go check out some people using it on youtube,  because this book I’ve got is no help at all. It seems to think I am  ambidextrous because the person in the tutorial is using a reed pen in  one hand and a dip pen in the other at the same time, BECAUSE OBVOUSLY, THAT’S THE EASIEST WAY TO LEARN!! Bitch.

I’m sorry, I’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed 2 and when I hear Subject 16 all I can see is Liquid. Cam Clarke’s just got one of those voices that stands out, and because the first thing I heard him in was MGS and I have no idea what Subject 16 looks like…

I keep seeing Liquid having a breakdown in that room from Assassin’s Creed 1 and writing out all that stuff in the room in blood, and if you look really close it says “I do not have daddy issues” over and over again.

In other news, I have been practising with drawing ink. I love it… but it’s hard ^^’ Methinks I should go check out some people using it on youtube, because this book I’ve got is no help at all. It seems to think I am ambidextrous because the person in the tutorial is using a reed pen in one hand and a dip pen in the other at the same time, BECAUSE OBVOUSLY, THAT’S THE EASIEST WAY TO LEARN!! Bitch.

Hipster Ocelot, inspired by Pudding-’s geeky Ocelot (still laughing at “No, sorry, they were only pretty good”, by the way!!) Might do a colour version, but I’ve already ditched a load of end-of-year-show written work en lieu of drawing, so that probably won’t happen. Now I want to see pudding- hipster him up!!!

Hipster Ocelot, inspired by Pudding-’s geeky Ocelot (still laughing at “No, sorry, they were only pretty good”, by the way!!) Might do a colour version, but I’ve already ditched a load of end-of-year-show written work en lieu of drawing, so that probably won’t happen. Now I want to see pudding- hipster him up!!!